Songs of Americana

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Sunday, July 01, 2012

Betsy Ross Flag flies above the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear; Washington, DC, Oct. 30, 2011 (Margaret Kelley)

Whether you're preparing for a family picnic or an extravaganza with fireworks, Kent Tritle helps celebrate July Fourth with a patriotic choral celebration. This week's show features a performance by the Singing Sergeants of the Air force. Host Kent Tritle also speaks with former Singing Sergeant member Steve Wilson.

Established in 1945, the Singing Sergeants is the official chorus of the U.S. Air Force. Not only has the ensemble performed for every president and a variety of dignitaries since its inception, it has performed in over 49 countries on goodwill tours, and has appeared with major orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston and Cincinnati Pops and others.

The ensemble is remarkably versatile, performing not only patriotic classics, but also early and sacred literature. Special guest Steve Wilson shares some of his most memorable experiences as a Singing Sergeant, providing insight to this important ensemble comprised of service men and women.

In addition to patriotic favorites, we hear the Singing Sergeants performing American folk songs and spirituals. Highlights include arrangements by William Dawson, James Erb and Moses Hogan on this holiday tribute.

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Comments [5]

Gerry Muir from Mamaroneck, NY

I never miss Ken Tritle's Choral Mix show. His selections for July 1st were terrific, and had us singing right along! Please don't ever stop running Choral Mix.

Jul. 05 2012 06:35 PM
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Jul. 02 2012 04:17 PM
francis booth from new york city

how can the great maestro who gave us one of the most moving, perhaps the greatest "messiah" in my experience, have given us the drek that we heard on the choral mix on 1 july.
surely the courage and the vision of the founders and the extraordinary power of the document, still resonating into our own time, deserved better.

francis booth

Jul. 02 2012 12:00 AM
Barry Owen Furrer

Thank you Mr. Tritle, for bringing such a wonderful program to the air! The Singing Sergeants are a national treasure along with all the military bands who serve our country. The Armed Forces medley and the rendition of Battle Hymn were particularly moving to me.

Jul. 01 2012 09:31 AM
Member from New York - Nassue

Spanish Music are good to hear occasionally, but it isn't the classical Music we expect from WQXR.

Please restore your old criteria

Jun. 30 2012 05:45 PM

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